A human trafficking victim from North Korea described the horrifying torture that she and her unborn baby suffered under the communist regime.
Ji Hyeon-A recently told the United Nations that she was forced to abort her unborn baby without pain medication, fed rotten food and beaten repeatedly in a North Korean detention center, the Express reports.
Three times, Ji Hyeon-A said she escaped to China, only to be caught and returned to her native country. After her second escape, she said human traffickers captured her in China and sold her as a slave to an old farmer.
“He was nice to me, but he had huge debts so I had to work on his farm to pay off his debts,” she said.
While working for him, she was caught again by authorities and sent back to North Korea, according to the report. Ji Hyeon-A said she was three months pregnant at the time.
Ji Hyeon-A said when she was captured, the local police forced her to abort her baby without any pain medicine. Women who have been to other countries and return pregnant to North Korea are forced to abort their unborn babies because the government prohibits mixed-race babies, she said.
“My first child passed away without ever seeing the world, without any time for me to apologize,” she told the UN, crying. “Pregnant women were forced into harsh labor all day. At night, we heard pregnant mothers screaming and babies died without ever being able to see their mothers.”
She said the prison where she stayed was “terrifying,” and “the Kims are carrying out a vast massacre and it takes a miracle to survive there.”
Ji Hyeon-A said she and the other prisoners suffered under horrendous conditions. She said they were fed rotten food, rats and raw locust – when they were fed at all. Some prisoners starved to death, and she watched guards feed a prisoner’s dead body to their dogs, the report states. She and other prisoners frequently were beaten and forced to work grueling hours, even while pregnant, Ji Hyeon-A said.
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Other women have reported similar atrocities against themselves and their babies. In August, Daily NK, a South Korean news site, reported about forced abortions in the Pochon Ministry of State Security in North Korea.
Residents under the authority of Captain Park Yong Chol, head of the security unit, said Park ordered his officers to stomp on the bellies of repatriated pregnant women to kill their unborn babies.
LifeNews also has reported accounts of infanticide in North Korea. A United Nations report in 2014 listed numerous human rights abuses in the Asian country, including the systematic murder and persecution of society’s most vulnerable – the unborn, newborns and those with disabilities.
Here’s more from the 2014 UN report:
North Korean women repatriated from China were forced to undergo abortions if they were found to be pregnant, because it was believed they could be carrying babies conceived by Chinese men. The women are not asked about the ethnicity of the child’s father, the report says.
One witness saw seven women given injections to induce abortions. In most cases, guards at the detention facilities “force either the mother or a third person to kill the baby by drowning it in water or suffocating it by holding a cloth or other item against its face or putting the baby face down so that it cannot breathe,” the report says.
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